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Following Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita asks courts to lift injunctions against several Indiana abortion laws

by | Jun 28, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

Indiana Right to Life President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Fichter praised Attorney General Todd Rokita for filing motions for dismissal of injunctions against multiple pro-life laws currently blocked by the courts following the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

The AG’s swift action to move Indiana forward in the wake of Friday’s ruling underscores the commitment our leaders have to protecting life. These cases challenged Indiana’s prohibition on late-term abortion and abortion of children based on discriminatory reasons, such as race, sex and even the national origin of the mother. The action demonstrates that our Indiana leaders realize every life has value, and everyone deserves to be born. This action demonstrates that our Indiana leaders realize every life has value, and everyone deserves to be born.

“Like most Hoosiers, I believe in building a culture of life in Indiana,” Attorney General Rokita said. “That means protecting the lives of unborn babies and safeguarding the physical, mental and emotional well-being of their mothers. I’ll do everything in my power to advance this mission.”

The Indiana laws for which Attorney General Rokita is asking courts to lift injunctions include:

a ban on discriminatory abortions sought specifically because of the unborn child’s race, sex, or disability

a ban on dismemberment abortions, in which living unborn children are dismembered piece by piece

a requirement that parents be notified when a court approves an abortion for a minor child without parental consent (barring extenuating circumstances such as reason to believe such notification could endanger the child)

In addition, Attorney General Rokita already has obtained a court-filed stipulation that halts expansion plans by abortion providers Whole Woman’s Health Alliance and Planned Parenthood in the cities of South Bend and Evansville, respectively.

“Indiana has a long history of defending life,” Attorney General Rokita said, “and the Supreme Court has recognized these contributions. Indeed, the Dobbs decision expressly cited multiple Indiana cases — such as our battles to outlaw discriminatory abortion and require respectful disposition of the bodies of aborted babies.”

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